MJ Williams

MJ  Williams MJ Williams, vocalist, trombonist, Montana native and co-founder of the Montana Artists Refuge (an artist residency program for artists of all genres), has played for several decades in clubs and festivals, locally, regionally, and internationally. During her career she has performed at The Bellevue Jazz Festival, Bumbershoot Jazz Festival, The New York City Women in Jazz Festival and was a member of the Tappan Roberti Quintet featured on Montana Public Television’s 11th and Grant Series. For over a decade Williams spent time annually in Paris France and played with ensembles at the now legendary Le Sept Lezards jazz club and the Atelier de la Main d’Or. She has released a CD of original music with Paris musicians Amy Gamlen, Jobic LeMasson, John Betsch and Peter Giron. The CD includes compositions by Williams, Gamlen and LeMasson. MJ received a grant from the Myrna Loy Center’s grants to artists committee (Helena, MT, USA) to record this project, entitled: Trance Atlantic, the MJ Williams Paris Project. In 2013 Williams composed music for a large screen video installation done by Mary Ellen Strom, Boston video artist, which was exhibited at the Long House Projects Gallery in New York City.